Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Skins star in The Borgias

Screenterrier has already reported on rising star Holliday Grainger winning the role of Lucrezia Borgia in Showtime's new ten-part series The Borgias, an epic television drama about the ruthless family who ruled Renaissance Italy.

The series is currently filming in Budapest and two other younger members of the cast are 21 year old Skins star Luke Pasqualino (who recently wrapped filming on The Apparition with Tom Felton), and Augustus Prew (represented by ARG).

22 year old Augustus starred alongside Dakota Blue Richards in The Secret of Moonacre, and will also be seen alongside Zak Efron in Charlie St Cloud, due out in the UK in October. He plays 'Alphonso II of Naples' in The Borgias.

New pics from Voyage of the Dawn Treader

MTV have released a new pic from the up-coming third Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, showing Will Poulter, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley and Ben Barnes.

And more new stills:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Miliband of Brothers

Filming is underway on a satirical docu-drama about the Miliband brothers with the Lloyd-Hughes brothers cast in the starring roles.

25 year old Henry Lloyd-Hughes (represented by Curtis Brown) plays older brother David Miliband, whilst his younger brother Ben Lloyd-Hughes (also Curtis Brown) plays Ed. The Lloyd-Hughes brothers grew up in Hammersmith, London.

Henry, best known for his role as the bully Mark Donovan in The Inbetweeners, has recently starred in Punk Rock at the Lyric, Hammersmith, and in Posh at the Royal Court. Ben has previously appeared in Skins, Tormented and Personal Affairs.

Set in the 80s/90s, the More4 film, Miliband of Brothers (working title), will focus on the brothers' family background, boyhood and climb up the greasy pole of politics,  focussing on the rivalry between the brothers, who are both currently standing for the Labour leadership.

It's 1983. In his grand home in north London's fashionable Primrose Hill, Ralph Miliband, Marxist guru and hugely influential academic, is hosting an evening with fellow party insiders to try to thrash out the new leadership of the Labour party. He's determined there should be no drift away from the principles of the left. Also in the house are Ralph's teenage boys - the studious, earnest David and the self-confident Ed. They will have more influence on the next three decades of Labour's future than anyone might expect.
From birth, David and Ed's lives have been formed inside the fermenting petri dish of the changing Labour party. As they develop from teenage political anoraks to the Cabinet, their progress reflects the break-up of the British Left and the wildly varying fortunes of the Labour Party. Despite the often turbulent 13 years of Labour Government, their sibling bond has remained strong - until now...

A source explained: "It's going to be light-hearted and will ask the question, 'How did these brothers come to be in the highly unusual situation where they're both gunning for the same job?'"

The show has been written by David Quantick, who previously worked on Spitting Image. It is expected to air on September 24, the night before the new Labour leader is named.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Inbetweeners film starts shooting

The Inbetweeners cast have flown out to the holiday resort of Malia in Crete to start shooting on the Inbetweeners movie, which sees the show's characters on summer holiday abroad, aged 18.

"The four decide to go to Malia, a party town for mainly young British tourists on the Greek island of Crete," reads the film's press statement. "And if they felt slightly outside of mainstream teenage society in their suburban hometown then that feeling is magnified a thousand times in one of Europe's hedonistic hotspots."

Despite initial rumours of discontent between the series' star Simon Bird and its producers, it's recently been confirmed that he's definitely on board for the film, along with co-stars Joe Thomas, James Buckley, Blake Harrison (represented by Curtis Brown) and Emily Head.

In January, the cast get back together in London to film sequences back home.

The film won't be out until next year but the third series of The Inbetweeners is due to air in September on E4.

The 3rd series follows the often misguided footsteps of the four friends - Will, Simon, Neil and Jay, with more mishaps, embarrassing attempts to pull and the vital adult initiation - to lose their virginity and become men.
At the start of a new term, Carli (Emily Head) organises a charity fashion show which Simon eagerly agrees to take part in; Will tries to escape his reputation as the kid who shat himself in the exam; and Jay is still up to his neck in imaginary sexual experiences. Over the six episodes, the quartet also tries its hand at camping, gigs and some puff. All with disastrous consequences.
And, as the year goes on, one of the boys gets a proper, living breathing girlfriend - something the others find a little hard to take, but very easy to ridicule.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Neverland finds its Peter Pan

The search for a young actor to play Peter Pan in the SyFy channel's / Sky Movies TV mini-series Neverland is finally over, with 14 year old Charlie Rowe, star of The Golden Compass and the soon-to-be released Never Let Me Go, cast in the role. Charlie will star alongside Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, and Bob Hoskins.  

The miniseries will focus on orphaned Peter, part of a gang of pick-pocketing kids in turn-of-the-century London, led by Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans), who orders his thieves to steal a treasure that transports them all to Neverland; a jungle world thick with legend about eternal youth, where they discover a Native American Kaw tribe that have been protecting the secrets of tree spirits from 18th-century pirates led by Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel).
Bob Hoskins has also been cast as Hook's sidekick Smee. 

Filming will take place over the next 3 months in Ireland & Genoa, Italy.

And young Irish actor Patrick Gibson from Dublin has been cast as Curly, one of the Lost Boys. Patrick (represented by TN Enterprises in Ireland) attends Gonzaga College in Ranelagh (the same school as another talented young Irish actor Jack Gleeson) He comes from a family of actors, and made his first appearance at the age of five in a short film entitled Bye Bye Inkhead. Since then, he has played a number of roles in film and television including The Tudors and Primeval.

Also playing Lost Boys are three young actors from the Young Actors Theatre in Islington:

14 year old Chase Willoughby, who has also performed in the West End musical Oliver!,

13 year old Thomas Patten, who starred as Robert in the summer musical workshop production of Feather Boy at the National Theatre, as well as a number of other theatre roles.
and 13 year old Brandon Robinson who also recently wrapped on feature film Will, starring alongside Perry Eggleton.

James Ainsworth (represented by Linton Management) is also on board, playing the role of "Tootles". James appeared in last year's CBBC comedy drama Jinx.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Set pics from Hugo Cabret

First look at Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield as Isabelle and Hugo, filming in Paris on Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Matilda's 3 young stars

Josie Griffiths (Abacus Agency), aged 10, Adrianna Bertola (Sylvia Youngs), aged 11, both from London, and Kerry Ingram (Kelly Management) aged 11, from Berkshire pose for pictures at the home of the late author Roald Dahl in Great Missenden, Bucks. The three school girls have recently been cast in the title role for the Royal Shakespeare Company's forthcoming world premier of Matilda - A Musical. The production previews on November 9, 2010 and plays until January 30, at the RCA'S Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Kerry was previously in the cast of the West End musical Oliver!, while Josie played Marta and Adrianna was Gretl in The Sound Of Music at the London Palladium, as well as starring in Casualty as "Sharice".

Meet the Adebanjo's casting call

New sitcom Meet the Adebanjo's, a brand new revolutionary comedy sitcom about a Nigerian-British Family living in the UK is looking for an actor to play a funny Asian “Rude Boy”.

Deadline is today.

Send your info regarding your acting experience and pictures to info@meettheadebanjos.com

X-Men:First Class - the younger generation

Bill Milner is to play Erik, the younger version of Michael Fassbender's character Magneto in Matthew Vaughn's X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, which will chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga.

Charlie Rowe, who played a younger version of Andrew Garfield, in the up-coming Never Let Me Go, has been cast as the young Charles, (Professor X) (played by James McAvoy).

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

It was announced yesterday that Morgan Lily will play young "Raven" which as "X-Men" fans know, is the first name of Mystique, who will be portrayed in the film by Jennifer Lawrence.

Production of the film begins on August 23rd in London, with "X-Men: First Class" set to storm into theatres in the US on June 3, 2011.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Reel Skills - London film course for children

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Reel Skills Productions is run by Rachel Lloyd and in association with Sally King & Ann Koska, one of the top children’s casting agency’s based at Pinewood Film Studios.
Rachel is currently working on a feature film in which she has the lead role working with Hollywood Producer Gary Kurtz (Producer of Star Wars & Empire Strikes Back)

“Reel Skills” is the exciting team focusing on increasing drama and film skills for the youth of today…. for tomorrow!

Introducing a new and dynamic film course for children, enabling young people to develop their acting abilities on screen, and to enhance and increase their awareness of the diverse skill set required for all aspects of film production. 
With a view to expanding the vital communication and team working skills expected of a young person, not only in the film industry, but also in many of today’s work place environments.
The Course is split into 10 x 2.5 Hour intense Workshops covering the subjects from Screen Technique to Lighting, Sound and Camera, culminating in the production of a short film, (Mentored by the Award Winning Production team of Transient Film Exchange), and cementing the skills acquired in the preliminary classes.
Special guest tutors (from Golden Globe Nominated Productions and British Award Winning ones too!)

Dates: Mondays 5pm - 7.30pm September 20th -22nd November

10yrs -18yrs

Rachel is very much looking forward to developing talent not only on screen but behind the scenes too! 
So, Whether you have a budding Actor/Producer/Director/Technical Wiz in your family, this course is a valuable opportunity to enhance and explore existing skills and develop and inspire new ones.
For more information contact Rachel Lloyd on 07737799216.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Will Young to star in TV supernatural drama

Singer turned actor Will Young is to star in a brand new six-part thriller for Living called Bedlam. The Pop Idol winner will play Ryan who lives in a block of flats which used to be a Victorian hospital for the insane - and it's haunted. The six part thriller will also star Theo James, Charlotte Salt and Ashley Madekwe and is Living's first foray into original drama - having previously relied on US imports such as Ghost Whisperer and Medium.

Bedlam is being made by Red Production Company, the indie behind BBC2’s recent Boy George biopic Worried About the Boy.
The 6 x 60-minute series is due to air early in 2011 and is set in Bedlam Heights, a former pre-Victorian asylum block which frightens residents with a string of scary supernatural visits following its conversion into an apartment building.
Claudia Rosencrantz, Living TV’s director of television, said she had been hunting for “ages” to find the right original drama idea for the channel.
“Bedlam is the perfect fit. It’s sexy, stylish and truly scary. It is about very frightening things happening to very beautiful people,” said Rosencrantz.

The role marks Will Young's first major regular drama role but he has had previous acting experience appearing in the 2005 film Mrs Henderson Presents, guest starring in Skins and ITV's Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd Side to Side.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Updated casting call for Neverland

The search is still on for a young actor to play Peter Pan in NEVERLAND, a TV Mini Series - 2 x 2 Hours for SYFY & SKY MOVIES, directed by Nick Willing. The anticipated shoot dates are  September 5-November 18, 2010 in Ireland & Genoa, Italy, with rehearsals prior to this.

The new breakdown for Peter : 13/14 year olds, male, height is unimportant. Voice must not be deep; ideally the accent should be London, gently East End. Handsome, intelligent face, athletic body, a natural leader. Peter is an excellent fencer but there will be training for this during rehearsal period and also harness flying lessons. Must be able to swim to a reasonable level.Young actors with good camera experience will be prioritised. This is the last week of casting for this role.

Emails to jessica@hubbardcasting.com for the attention of AMY HUBBARD.

Hubbard Casting are also looking for people to play members of the Kaw Tribe in

MUST BE SOUTH AMERICAN i.e. Peruvian, Colombian, Brazilian, Mexican, based in UK or Ireland.
In particular, those whose heritage is Peruvian Indian, for the following roles which have lines:

XYAHL - 13-18 years of age.
PRETTY KAW GIRL - 14-18 years of age
KAW SCOUTS AND KAW GUARD - age 16 right up to any age - male/female.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The UK Film Council

Since 2000 the UK Film Council has funded such films as Bend it like Beckham, Bright Star, The Constant Gardener, Fish Tank, Gosford Park, Happy-Go-Lucky, In the Loop, The Last King of Scotland, Man on Wire, Nowhere Boy, Red Road, St Trinian's, This is England, Touching the Void, Vera Drake ,The Wind That Shakes the Barley and Streetdance 3D, the UK's first 3D film.

Upcoming films backed by the UK Film Council include Mike Leigh's Another Year, Stephen Frears's Tamara Drewe, Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham, Joe Cornish's Attack the Block, Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk about Kevin, Justin Chadwick's The First Grader, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, Peter Mullan's Neds, Phill Trails' Chalet Girl, Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur and Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights.

Not worth saving?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Romola Garai to star in The Crimson Petal And The White

Romola Garai has been cast in the BBC Two's bold four-part adaptation of Michel Faber's international best-selling novel, The Crimson Petal And The White, an intimate psychological thriller that lifts the lid on the darker side of Victorian London revealing a world seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.
In the words of the heroine Sugar: "If you dare enter this world, you had better tread carefully."

28 year old Romola (represented by ARG) plays the lead role, Sugar, an alluring, intelligent young prostitute who yearns for a better life away from the brothel she is attached to – run by the contemptible Mrs Castaway (Gillian Anderson).

Highly sought after and sexually adept, Sugar finds her only comfort in the secret novel she is writing in which a murderous prostitute takes revenge on her clients. However, things change for her when she meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (Chris O'Dowd).

Sugar is a thrilling antidote to William's life, saddled with a pious brother, Henry Rackham (Mark Gatiss), and fragile wife, Agnes Rackham (Amanda Hale). Agnes regularly endures visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew (Richard E Grant), leaving her unable to perform her wifely duties.

William ensconces Sugar as his mistress and she soon grows accustomed to her new life. Yet, unbeknownst to William, Sugar begins to hatch a plan which sets a series of events in motion that will change their lives for ever.

Romola has been busy in the UK recently filming both the adaptation of David Nicholl's bestseller One Day, alongside Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and the indie film Junkhearts alongside Eddie Marsan and Tom Sturridge.

Filming will take place in Liverpool where the city’s Georgian Quarter is to be transformed into 1870s London for the Victorian period drama.

Skins star cast in HBO's Game of Thrones

With filming now underway in Northern Ireland and Morocco on HBO's highly anticipated TV fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, it has been announced that Joe Dempsie, a first generation Skins star, has been cast as Gendry, a "horny-headed, hammerhanded" armourer's apprentice.

Joe, from Nottingham, is another alumni of the Nottingham-based Television Workshop (as is fellow Skins star Jack O'Connell) and recently described how he got started in acting and the part in Skins:

So what made you first want to become an actor?
"If I’m being honest, acting wasn’t exactly something that I had a strong desire to do from a young age – but I used to enjoy it when it was compulsory in school. As a result of that when I was thirteen I auditioned for the Television Workshop on Stoney Street. I didn’t get in first time, but then I went back next year and got through – and it was at the workshop that I really learned everything I know. My first part was in a play called Second From Last In The Sack Race, I had two lines, and my main responsibility was to turn the set round, but I loved it! The Workshop was a uniquely supportive, constructive and creative environment to grow up in, and I just really enjoyed it, it was as simple as that. I just think that you only get one shot at life, so you might as well spend it doing something you enjoy."
Everyone knows you from Skins. It must have been a dream part to get for a young actor like yourself.
"Absolutely! When I got the part, I had only recently been taken on by an agency and to be honest was pretty anxious to get a job of any kind – so I was really chuffed! That being said, even once we started filming none of us had any idea how successful the show would be, and I think we still don’t fully grasp the scale of it’s popularity. It really did come out of the blue. On a personal level in terms of the character, it was a gift of a part. I felt that Chris was the one that had the most depth and variation – he was the most outgoing and gregarious member of the gang when with his friends, but he also had the most to deal with personally. There were two very distinct sides to Chris, and as an actor it was great for me to get to show them."

Joe is represented by Michael Duff at Troika and most recently appeared in The Damned United.

Monday, August 9, 2010

South Riding

Two young actresses who appeared as young sisters in UK crime thriller "Clubbed" are now reunited again filming the new BBC three-part adaptation of South Riding, by Winifred Holtby, for BBC One.

In the long aftermath of the First World War, Sarah Burton (Anna Maxwell Martin), comes home from London to Yorkshire to take up the position of headmistress at a struggling Yorkshire high school for girls. 

Amongst the pupils are Lydia Holly, played by Charlie Clark (pictured right), a 14-year-old girl with a difficult home life whose education is in jeopardy when her mother dies and she slips through society's safety net. 16 year old Charlie is from Leeds and is now represented by Curtis Brown.

Katherine McGolpin from Wetherby plays Midge Carne, the delicate and troubled daughter of gentleman farmer Robert Carne (David Morrissey) and his ill-starred first wife. 12 year old Katherine has also appeared in Emmerdale and The Royal.

South Riding is currently filming in Leeds for transmission later this year.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Grandma's House

TV presenter Simon Amstell plays a version of himself in Grandma's House, a new six-part comedy written by Simon and his long-term collaborator Dan Swimer, which starts on Monday 9th August on BBC Two.

Joining the cast is 15 year old newcomer Jamal Hadjkura as Simon's Auntie Liz's son, Adam. Jamal comes from Barking, East London and has performed at Stratford Theatre but this his first screen role.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Waterloo Road Series 6 New Faces

Amongst the new faces joining the cast, Waterloo Road has a new head teacher in Karen Fisher (played by Amanda Burton) when the school drama returns this autumn on BBC One for a new series.

She brings with her a cheating husband, Charlie (Ian Puleston Davies), a rebellious daughter, Jess (Linzey Cocker), and bulimic son Harry (Ceallach Spellman).

New Year 12 pupil Jess is played by 23 year old Linzey Cocker (represented  by Hamilton Hodell) from Manchester. Linzey has been working steadily in film and TV since her screen debut playing Miriam — again as the daughter of Ian Puleston Davies — in the BBC crime drama Conviction in 2004. She is engaged to actor Oliver Lee and recently announced her pregnancy on Twitter.
Jess is cool, sarky, confident and aware of how pretty and popular she is. She is full of contradictions – on the one hand involving herself in an adult relationship with a man who doesn't know she's a schoolgirl and on the other playing games to be popular and lying to her parents to keep their approval. 

Jess's 15 year old brother, Harry "Piggy" Fisher is played by Ceallach Spellman (a pupil at Sylvia Young Theatre School). From Flixton, Ceallach made his stage debut aged seven as Chip in Beauty and the Beast and followed with a number of stage and TV roles including Blue Murder and The Cup.
Karen's youngest child Harry, or "Piggy" as he soon gets called, is self-deprecatingly funny and very witty. He is the first to take the mickey out of himself because he's learnt to get in there before anyone else.
With his sister Jess he can give as good as he gets but, in school, he has learnt to mutter his snide remarks and witticisms under his breath. Harry is intuitive and the first to suspect his father of having an affair. 

Screenterrier has already reported on the casting of Anna Jobarteh as fellow new pupil Ruth Kirby.
Ruth's 16 year old brother Jonah is played  by Lucien Laviscount (represented by Linton Management) a veteran of Grange Hill and Coronation Street.
Jonah had been chafing under the restrictive bonds of home-schooling for some time. Home-schooled by doting parents, who accept him for who he is, Jonah is always authentic. Unlike Jess, he is comfortable in his own skin. His great sacrifice is letting go of his close relationship with sister, Ruth – she's not enough for him anymore. When Jonah meets Jess, he realises she is the girl of his dreams. 

Ben Ryan Davies (represented by The Narrow Road Company) plays Ronan Burley. 22 year old Ben, also from Manchester, starred in Clay and CBBC's Jinx.
16 year old Ronan is an entrepreneur – he comes from a working-class family, always looking for a business opportunity and is obsessed with earning money. He's inspired by Alan Sugar and is the kind of boy who has thousands saved in the bank from his various schemes and pocket money.
But Ronan's schemes mask a troubled home life and, when he decides to cut ties with his parents, viewers come to see why he's so desperate to make an independent life for himself. Ronan's father is part of one of Manchester's biggest gangs and has earmarked Ronan to follow in his footsteps. Ronan has some brave decisions to make in his effort to escape a criminal future.

The sixth series of Waterloo Road is due to air on BBC1 in September.

Meet the new Lauren Branning

17 year old Jacqueline Jossa from South East London (represented by D&B) will be the new Lauren Branning in EastEnders

Lauren - who was last seen making plans to attend a summer camp in the US - will return to Albert Square later this year and waste no time in letting everyone know that she's now all grown-up.

While the tough teenager looks set to stir up some trouble in Walford after making her comeback, viewers will also see her softer side as she searches for love in her life.

Lauren's keen to find a guy with the right personality rather than judging on looks - but will Max and Tanya's daughter manage to find someone who can sweep her off her feet?

Jacqueline attends D&B Theatre School. As does her younger cousin Megan Jossa, who has also starred in Eastenders playing Grant Mitchell's daughter Courtney.

Speaking of her casting, Jacqueline commented: "I was so excited when I got the call to say I'd got the part in EastEnders. I've always been a massive fan of the show and it's a dream come true. The character of Lauren Branning will be really fun to play and there are some exciting things coming up."

EastEnders' executive producer Bryan Kirkwood added: "Maddie Duggan did a great job of playing the young Lauren Branning, and we wish her the very best of luck for the future. I'm delighted to welcome Jacqueline Jossa to Albert Square. Jacqueline's portrayal of Lauren has all the classic Branning qualities of toughness, cynicism and sensitivity. Jacqueline is set to be at the heart of Walford drama for some time to come."

New actors will also take over in the roles of Ben Mitchell and Lucy Beale later this year.

One to Watch - Anna Jobarteh

Look out for 14 year old Anna Jobarteh from Blackpool who has landed key roles in both the new series of Waterloo Road and the new CBBC drama Army Kids.

Anna spent 6 months filming the role of Ruth Kirby, a 13 year old in Year 9 at the Waterloo Road school, who makes her debut in the sixth series scheduled for transmission on BBC1 this autumn.

Previously homeschooled from a young age by her father Marcus, precocious and witty, Ruth already has some A* GCSEs at the age of 13.
Her first experience of primary school was so traumatic that her parents pulled her out within days. Since then, her parents have "hothoused" her with one-to-one tuition and this is how her life has been up until she's enrolled in Waterloo Road. Ruth has a nasty streak and enjoys using her intellect to put others down – she sees Waterloo Road as beneath her and isn't afraid to tell anyone. While Ruth has an IQ to envy, she doesn't have social skills and often disrupts classes because she feels bored. She's a prime target for bullying and taunting and Ruth can't seem to gel with anyone – not even the adults, who she's used to impressing. 

And Anna (represented by Scream Management) has also now been cast in a lead role in new CBBC drama Army Kids, filming this August.

Anna, who studies drama, dance and singing at Scream! theatre school, Blackpool, fought off stiff competition to win the role of newcomer, Ruth  in Waterloo Road.

And Waterloo Road will not be Anna's debut on the small screen – she appeared as Dionne in two episodes of the BBC1's recent sci-fi series, Paradox, starring Tamsin Outhwaite.

Working with television stars isn't going to Anna's head.

"She is lucky to have had the chances to do major things, but there is always an element of luck in these things," said Jane.

"Watching her on television does seem funny, and she is very critical of herself."

She said that Anna's friends were really supportive of her, sharing in her excitement when she landed two such major roles.

Anna is saving up the money she is earning and may well invest some of it in honing her talent with extra acting classes.

"She does treat herself occasionally, too," said Jane.

Anna has always wanted to act. "She has been acting since she was at St Nicholas's Primary School," said jane. "She took part in Schools Alive and played Mary Poppins in a one of the montages.

"She has always wanted to perform and certainly isn't quiet!"

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rest of Skins Series 5 cast revealed

Screenterrier has already reported on the casting of Freya Mavor in the next generation of Skins actors for Series 5. Now the rest of the cast, including the rumoured Sean Teale, and one big surprise, has been revealed on the E4 website.

Five out of the eight new actors were chosen from the open auditions back in April this year: Freya Mavor, Jess Sula, Laya Lewis, Will Merrick and Alex Arnold were chosen from over 7000 youngsters that turned up in London and Bristol to try out for the show.

Executive Producer John Griffin commented:

"More people than ever turned up this year for the open auditions in London and Bristol and the standard of young talent was as high as ever. It was a huge process but incredibly rewarding and we hope that the auditionees had as much fun as we did. We are really excited about the talent that has come through and we now have brilliant cast of actors helping to create the exciting new characters for Skins Series 5."

Joining Freya in the new cast are:

Laya Lewis from Bristol: "It's so exciting to be part of Skins, mainly because I'm from Bristol and it's great to represent the place where it's set. The auditions took place in my school. It was incredible, there were so many people. It was mad! I got the part while I was working. I was so excited but had to carry on. It was a great feeling"

Will Merrick from Ledbury:
"I got the part through the open auditions in Bristol. I went with a group of friends as we were massive fans of the show so wanted to be part of it. We turned up to see thousands of people so I thought it would be pointless but turns out it was all worth it. I'm so lucky to be part of the Skins family, it's really fun and every day just gets better."

Jessica Sula from Swansea:
"It still hasn't sunk in yet! Skins is so different from anything else on TV and I'm just so excited to be part of it. I was revising for my exams, I took a break and saw that there were open auditions taking place for the next series. I headed down the next day to the open auditions in Bristol and the rest is history. I'm incredibly lucky."

Sebastian De Souza (represented by Waring and McKenna) from Berkshire:
"I'm from a little village called Boxford, just outside of Newbury. It's very far away from anything. Working on Skins the most incredible thing, we have only been filming for a few weeks now but I've never learned so much in my entire life. I can't wait for people to see it."

Sean Teale (also Waring and McKenna) from London has been confirmed:
"I got the part the day before my birthday so it was the best birthday present I could have ever hoped for! It's really strange to think I'm part of this new series. It hasn't really sunk in that I'm in the cast yet. So far I've had the best time filming. I'm having fun and I'm so lucky to be part of this incredible legacy!"

Alex Arnold (represented by Rossmore Management) from Ashford, Kent:

"I think Skins is the opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn't believe I'd got the part, particularly when I haven't really done a lot of acting before so I was really surprised to get through! It's a great feeling to get the part through the open audition process. I auditioned in London, turned up with a few of my friends and was met by masses of other people auditioning. I didn't think there would be much point but I stuck it out and I made it through."

For the big casting news go to the next post here!!

Dakota Blue Richards cast in Skins!

To complete the cast of the new Series 5 generation of Skins characters, the big news is the casting of Dakota Blue Richards, star of the Golden Compass and Dustbin Baby.

Dakota said:

"I've been asking for years to get a part on Skins because I've always loved the series and wanted to be in it. Finally this year I'm old enough to play a part! It's crazy to be part of this Skins phenomenon, it's as much a lifestyle choice as anything because of the attention that comes with it. We are eight friends on screen as well off screen so we have the same dynamic that you'll see in the series."

What do you think of this news??! Let Screenterrier know in the comments below....